What Is Georgia’s Stance on Marijuana?
June 26, 2019
The state of marijuana laws in the country can make it very difficult to know exactly what is going on in Georgia. While some states have legalized it on every level, others have strong restrictions on it. Some states have decriminalized the drug, while others still follow federal guidelines. Each state can make its own laws; plus, the federal government has its own laws. Complicating things even more, some cities have adjusted their laws as well. Anyone would be confused. It is your job as a citizen, though, to understand the law in Georgia.
11 Alive explains that Georgia has pretty strict laws when it comes to marijuana use compared to the rest of the country. It has very limited medical marijuana availability and does not allow recreational use. It also has not decriminalized the drug yet. Some cities have taken steps to decriminalize the drug, but the state as a whole still has harsh penalties for marijuana.
Currently, having an ounce of marijuana is a felony. There is a movement to reduce that to a misdemeanor and allowing up to two ounces. Less than half an ounce would be nothing more than a fine. There is the usual pushback from law enforcement who say marijuana use leads to harder drugs and reducing penalties will only increase other drug use. Those who support the move say it will help bring Georgia more in line with many other states who have done the same.
Only time will tell what happens with the future of marijuana in the state. This information is for education and is not legal advice.